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the bill would allow district residents to buy guns and ammunition in maryland and virginia. the bill would also repeal registration requirements. there is a curious line in -- in the 19-page bill that seems to strip the district of columbia of its ability to make any laws related to gun control. we will talk about that tonight. also we are going to ask officials about that and ask about the possible political motivations behind the introduction of the bill right now. so that's a story we are working on. tonight we will have more at 11:00. >> lot going on there. thank you, craig. >>> former tooid d.c. council member jim graham pleaded not guilty to bribery charges today. ted losa is charged with taking cash and services in exchange for pushing laws farable to the taxi cabin industry. prosecutors say that he accepted more than $30,000 along with trips, limo rides, meals. graham denies any wrongdoing and says that he's cooperating with the authorities. law enforcement authorities told "the washington post" graham is not the target of their investigation. >>> welling the deal is done, folks. w
in west virginia, rescuers at the upper big branch mine are waiting to resume their mission. their effort is on hold tonight while crews vent dangerous air from the mine. four miners are trapped underground still. officials don't know if they are dead or alive. 25 miners died in monday's blast. two injured workers are in the hospital. steve handelsman is live in raleigh county with the latest for us. steve? >> reporter: hi, jim. thank you. it was a big setback. not that it matters much to the four miners. everybody here says they still believe that they still imagine that on monday as this explosion went off and killed 25 guys, it was a big explosion, these four guys who were shielded from the blast and used their training and they knew where these shelters were and think maybe three guys are in one-and-one guy is in another and if that's right, these guys would be okay. their shelters are strong. most importantly, they have air to breathe. since they are designed for more than a dozen guys, there's plenty of air for these guys to survive through the weekend. but the disappointment comes
getting started tonight. coming up, a virginia couple under arrest now and charged with animal cruelty in connection with a cockfighting ring. >>> also tonight, fireses are for firefighters. why were police called to this massive house fire in prince george's county. >>> a well-known health organization wants the federal government to wage war on salt. we are coming right back. >>> it is one of the biggest related seizures in the entire state of virginia. tonight a spotsylvania county couple is facing dozen of charges after running a suspected cockfighting breeding farm. they were under investigation since authorities raided their rural home on march 3rd. jane watrel joins us from the newsroom with more on how those animals and neighbors were suffering. jane? >> reporter: jim, it was loud. authorities say that they could have brought 150 charges against the couple but settled for 49 misdemeanor and felony charges apiece. largest seizure of its kinds in the state of virginia. stacks of chicken crates are all that remain of what authorities believed was a cockfighting breeding farm. alic
maryland and western areas of virginia. storms in the forecast. thunderstorms for sunday. let me take through the next 48 hours. this is your futurecast. weather front south. there's clouds across the area. moving out of here more and more. clouds that we have today. high pressure continuing to think south. only briefly. for another day through tomorrow. part of that system comes east. i think we will have showers showing up on saturday. light showers. shouldn't be anything too heavy. but certainly by about lunch time saturday. here's your forecast. pleasant temperatures drop from the mid 60s to about 57 degrees next couple of hours. sunset today at 7:25. here we go with the morning forecast. we are clear, we are cool. chilly. 42 to 49 degrees. sun rising tomorrow at 6:21. for tomorrow mostly sunny and average for april, absolutely delightful for tomorrow. now wish i could cover this up but i can't. four-day forecast, taking you through the weekend. where it is going to be scattered mainly light showers for saturday. things could pick up a bit on sunday with more wet weather coming ou
.c. >> aaron gilchrist, thank you. >>> more on the mining disaster in west virginia. still too dangerous for rescuers go inside that mine. authorities say that the levels of methane gas are too high. four miners remain missing after an explosion mob, killed 25 miners. and in the meantime, help from our area is on its way. members of sprint nextel's emergency response team loaded up this morning and bringing hundreds of cell phones and other devices to the mine to help authorities better communicate with each other. steve handelsman is there in naoma, west virginia, to tell bus what the scene is there now. steve? >> reporter: thanks. good evening. certainly used an increase of cell power here. a lot of the families we speak to say they are having a hard time staying in touch. in the deep valleys in coal country in west virginia, they never had cell service. this is a place of intensity now. intense emotions and intense rescue efforts. let's talk about the first. we spoke a short time ago to a miner who was one of those who escaped on monday. this was during a shift change when the explosi
police headquarters in virginia park. >> pat, police chief roberto hilton held a news conference the second day in a row. this time attended but not only local media but national media because the video has gone viral. it has gone international. the chief says the department is moving swiftly to try to get to the bottom of the very embarrassing incident. a beating of a student by prince george's county police is the talk of college park. it happened march 3rd and the students rushed the streets in celebration. students were shocked by the provoke caught on videotape by a university student. >> the nature i was down here, it -- people were trying to walk back to where they lived. and the -- the police were, you know, weren't letting them do that. people were walking around with their hands up like this. they were still getting beaten up. >> all the streets were blocked off and a huge crowd and -- like police blocking off their roads and their -- horses and when -- it was unlike anything i have ever seen. >> reporter: the incident outraged prince george's county officials that init
in the river. >>> people in central virginia may have felt the earth sway last night. geologists say that the richmond area was hit with a magnitude 2.3 earthquake. the u.s. geological survey says that it struck at 12:12 a.m. and centered 15 miles west-northwest of ashland. there were no injuries and there are no reports of damage. >>> and wow, what a day it is out there today. >> everything is in bloom. including that pollen popping out there. in fact, it will feel more like summer. pretty darned soon, veronica joins us with your first forecast. >> that it will. and for the evening here, it is going to continue to be nice across the area. if you have been putting off that evening walk or the evening jog because it has been too chilly for you, get out there this evening. take a look. they will morning we started out in the 30s and 40s. 32 degrees in manassas. centreville, too. starting out right at the freezing mark. ft. belvoir, 34. we were in the low 40s around the district. but -- with the sunshine today, wind out of the west, we have gotten up to the 70s. first day this woke. fin
the chatham bridge. pat? >> in fredericksburg, virginia, population 22,000. there are 72 police officers here. they're not accustomed to a lot of violence. certainly nothing like what happened here last weekend. >> the victim, a 52-year-old. they said he was picked up a few times for drunken disorderly conduct, but he never stole anything. in fact, he was more likely to be a victim of crime than a perpetrator. he was seen wandering ability this intersection in the historic part of fredericksburg. not too far from that chatham bridge. he had taken off the blanket he was sleeping under, stripped away the jacket he had on. some cars drove by. but rick rice stopped. he said someone had taken his money and someone had set him on fire. >> he had burns, and it looked like bruising. but it was actually second degree burns. a lot of his skin had blistered off and was hanging from his body. he didn't have his shirt on. the shirt was gone. i could see the whole side of his body. he couldn't move his arm. it was hanging by his side. >> fredericksburg police down under that bridge today, looking for evide
interchange. if at all possible try to avoid the outer loop in virginia. work expected to wrap up sunday night. >>> so metro passengers had to be evacuated from metro center today because of a small fire. officials tell us that a track insulator caught fire and sent smoke through the tunnel. the fire was put out quickly. and there were no reports of injuries. metro says the system resumed normal operations. >>> family, friends and officers from around our region gathered today to remember a montgomery county police officer who died in the line of duty. derrick ward is in our newsroom with more on this. >> you know, it is a sad inevitably of police work when an officer dies in the line of duty. hector ayala was laid to rest. celebrating the life and service of an officer cut down in his prime. routine familiar. ceremony, drills, practice. military precision. is the reason they come together like this to say good-bye to a comrade fallen in duty they never get used to. >> gets you in the heart. >> reporter: they dime say good-bye to hector ayala. the 7-year veteran died early easter morning. his
elected leaders and speakers. not so in virginia where politicians have embraced the party activists. more on that at 6:00. >> we will see you then. julie, thank you. the tea party movement burst on the scene a year ago. according to the latest "new york times"/cbs news poll 18% of americans identify themselves as tea party supporters. those supporters tend to be republican. however tea party members generally hold more conservative views on a range of issues than republicans. according to this survey. they are more likely to describe themselves as very conservative. and president obama as very liberal. and while most republicans say they are dissatisfied with washington, taertd supporters are more likely to classify themselves as angry. >>> utah senator hatch says that he will block a bill that would give doost a voting member of congress if lawmakers do not change a provision that involves his state. that provision would grant utah an additional seat in the house but hatch does not like the way the new members would be elected under the current bill. it allows every citizen of utah to vo
leading authorities to a burning building. we will see it from the -- cam. >>> popular virginia university raising tuition and fees by nearly 10% for students. >>> earth week is continuing. major hotel chain here in our area is going green and saving green by making some simple changes. we will show you what they are. >>> hope you enjoyed it this week. >> sometimes you get a lot done inside. clean out a closet. i know we don't like it. whatever. >> exactly. >> you have to. >> the thing being tomorrow, we are talking about rain in the forecast. for both days. it is not going to be raining continuously through the day tomorrow. >> zbloek little bit of break in the morning. there will be showers and it will be light enough. i think we may be able to squeeze stuff in. it is definitely going to be damp across the area. and late afternoon and evening. 73 degrees is the current temperature now. relative humidity is at 41 degrees. we are at 31%. let's show you some of the temperatures further north of the area where it is 67 in philadelphia right now. close to 80 in richmond, virginia. 58 in cinci
, virginia. jane, thank you. >>> two people onboard plane that was traveling from maryland to mississippi were killed when the aircraft went down in eastern kentucky. this was a small plane. it went down in a mountainous area in leslie county. a rescuer took a picture of the plane on his cell phone. faa records list the hawker beach craft 58 and as registered to a company in woodbine, maryland, called island trading. >>> a plane on its way to dulles was diverted today because of a bomb threat. the continental express flight from houston was diverted to greensboro, north carolina, after a bomb threat was written on a mirror in the bathroom. the plane did land safely just before 11:00 this morning and law enforcement was waiting for the plane when it arrived. >>> the family of a paramedic killed when a medical helicopter crashed in prince george's county is now suing the government. the crash happened back on september of 2008. mickic lipy was one of four people killed when their medevac chopper went down in foggy weather in district heights. one person survived. but has had more than 20 su
system before he will be extradited to virginia. >>> d.c. police released an identity of a woman called while crossing the street near nationals park yesterday. 42-year-old amy ellen polk of a takoma park worked as a contractor for the department of transportation. police say she was crossing the street near the navy yard metro station in the morning when she was hit by a truck. she was not in the cross walk at the time. >> head-on collision involving two tour buses leaves both drivers with serious injuries tonight. this crash occurred at hains point on ohio drive in southwest washington. around 10:30 this morning when a tour bus traveling on the wrong side of the road struck a park tour bus head-on. >> ran head-on. the one driver -- both drivers were trapped pun one was pinned in there and trapped for about 45 minutes or so. >> we don't know at this point which -- which direction that bus was going. so that's going to be part of our investigation. >> no passengers were aboard either bus. only the drivers. the damage to the tour bus was extensive and investigators say it is unclear just
it out either. we are live tonight in manassas, virginia, back to you in the studio. chris gordon. >> chris, thank you. >>> this morning, pope benedict spoke out for the first time addressing the catholic's church's sex abuse can't dals. he promised church action to protect children and the abused p.m. it appears they are moving towards that promise. the church decide toad replace a controversial cardinal who was chosen to lead an elaborate mass at the basilica in washington this saturday. the mass will celebrate the fifth inauguration -- inaugural anniversary of the pope. the cardinal hoyos of colombia was accused of praising a french bishop for not turning in another priest who had reportedly sexually assaulted children. >>> tonight a desperate search continues in the gulf coast south of louisiana for 11 workers that have not been seen since a massive oil rig explosion last night. that blazing engulfed the rig and is still burning. the workers are still unaccounted for. 100 workers that made it off the rig safely are being brought to shore by boat. and an official with the compa
.c., but look at hargstown and elkins, west virginia at 33. we had some freeze warnings down through the shenandoah valley. tonight, going into tomorrow morning, frost advisory for the shenandoah valley. then up north in pennsylvania. that just means that some of the tender vegetation, some of the plant, nowers that have already started coming up with the growing season, could suffer just a little bit of damage. so folks west and north will be covering those up. high pressure across the area. that's why we've got the clear skies throughout the area. as the high pressure moves east we're going to keep the clear skies around. the wind should start to settle. those clouds will stay south until week. 66 degrees is our current temperature. richmond at 66 and raleigh, close to 70 degrees. lines for coastal techologies, your low was at 4. and the low temperature at haymarket was at 43 degrees. so it's going to be just as cool overnight. across the flags's midsection, no high heat, no cold temperatures either. it's like spring everywhere. the next low pressure for us to bring us rain come mi
into northern west virginia. again, isolated strong storms. big cooldown, too, behind the front. we will take a look at the 7-day forecast. weekend coming up in a pew. >> thanks, veronica. >>> top story this afternoon, brian betts was the principal at shaw middle school for two years. when he didn't show up for school one day, a co-worker went to check on him and found him dead inside his silver spring home. news4's pat collins joins us now live from police head quarters in rockville. pat? >> reporter: the principal, thought to death. his body found in his bedroom. police looking into the possibility he was killed by someone that he knew. there was no school in the district today. but these students showed up anyway. they wanted to be there for each other during this time of mourning. they wanted to be there to remember their principal. >> he is a good principal. i don't know why nub would want to kill him or harm him in any way. he is a good person. a good man. >> reporter: 42 years old brian betts, the principal of shaw middle school at garnett patterson, found dead thursday at his home in
. we appreciate it. >>> a wildcat related to the lion is on the loose in northern virginia. it is a 20-pound cat that escape order route 15 wednesday. it was last seen along gleedsville road in loudoun county. it is a medium sized african wildcat that's similar to a cheetah. it is spotted and -- it is spotted. it is wearing a harness, actually. this animal was hand raised and not considered to be a threat to residents. people are urged not to approach it because it is easily scared and will likely run away. anyone that see it is animal is asked to call animal control. >> wow. >>> it is a beautiful day out there. i can't imagine anyone wants to be caged up right now. >> like we are. >> yeah. >> we can just do the news from the picnic table out there. i was out there a few minutes ago. i leftim vance out there. he was reading his book. >> working hard. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. he has a couple more minutes. this weekend, delightful weather across the area. what are those folks doing? i need glasses. what are they doing? running around? biking? kicking around the soccer ball. this will be a te
explosion in west virginia. flags will remain lored until sunday. >> the liberty bell just rang 29 times. >> reporter: the pause marks the time one week ago an explosion killed 29 workers at the upper big branch mine. and governor joe manchin led a wreath laying ceremony in charleston at the capitol. the sad work of recovering bodies continued as federal investigators began their probe into the worst u.s. coal mining accident since 1970. >>> hilly clin rp ton's name came up today as a possible successor for retiring supreme court justice john paul stevens. her name was floated by orrin hatch, the former chairman of the senate judiciary committee. hatch said hes clinton but would not say if he would vote for her. the actual nomination is expected to be weeks away now. time is running out if you don't want a u.s. census taker to come knocking on your door next month, you better get in your form this week. as of today, about a third of households across the country have not returned the ten-question form. most of the people who haven't responded live in big cities and rural areas. >> we wou
. the state of virginia has the highest rate in our region with a 57% of households returning the census forms. maryland, 54%. d.c. lagging behind with only 47%. if you don't mail your form in beginning in may, the census takers will begin knocking on your doors. the u.s. constitution requires census takers to visit every household that does not mail the form back in and it is at the cost of taxpayers. several promotable events were held around the district today and encouraging folks to mail the forms back in. a local radio station helped spread the word at ben's chili bowl on u street. residents stepped up to learn more about the questions. only asked once every ten years. and folks were able to drop off their forms. census bureau director robert groves also stopped by to answer questions. congresswoman eleanor holmes norton was among dignitaries behind a census rally at freedom plaza. folks here were also reminded how census data are used to up portion congressional seats of state and what communities will receive a portion of more than $400 billion in federal funds. it was yet another stop
virginia, during the next couple of hours, clear skies, we are going to have another cool start to the day tomorrow. upper 30s to mid 40s and possibly more fog around the area, too. we start out between 45 and 47 degrees. there is your good night wakeup forecast, 5:00 and 7:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. patchy fog around the area, dry and mild conditions tomorrow. yet again. and could we hit 80 this week? we will take a look at it in just a few minutes. jim? >> all right, veronica, thank you. >>> as more people enjoy the weather with their windows open at home, police warned that there is a danger especially after two toddlers fell out of windows in fairfax. a 2-year-old is recovering after falling out of a third storin dough yesterday at the second incident involving a toddler falling out of a window in a county. within the past four days. the first incident, which happened in reston saturday night, ended tragically. a 2 year old boy was pronounced dead after he fell from a window with a loose screen. it was 2-year-old girl that fell in falls church and was taken to the hospital and is expect
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